At midnight Friday night, 21 intrepid walkers from Avis Europe and Avis UK embarked on a 40 mile walk across the South Downs Way trail to raise money for Action Medical Research. As you might expect from any endurance test, it was a gruelling affair with participants fighting a battle against weary minds in addition to weary legs (and blistered feet).
For myself the battle was made harder still by the militant Josi Kytle (my boss), Chris Keogh and Jack MacAree, who instead of slowing down the further they walked (like most ‘normal’ people would), they actually increased their pace. So much so in fact that, by the time we hit the rolling coastline of the Seven Sisters, they were actually running, finishing with a sprint over the finish line.
My efforts to keep up ended at the half-way stage where myself and Sharon Lee decided to pace ourselves and “enjoy the scenery”. Of course, it had nothing to do with the fact that I was seriously flagging by then although, when Team 2 (led by Steve Liberda) caught up with us, I was more than grateful for the cocktail of pills that Josie Ryan gave me. I’m not sure how I would of faired without that welcome pick-me-up.
Fast forward to the finishing line and I’m delighted and proud to say that all 21 members from across our 3 Avis teams made it across the finish line. A massive thank you must go to the fantastic support team who trailed us from check-point to check-point, providing us with valuable supplies. I should also say well done to Steve Liberda who co-ordinated the Avis effort and so far we are well on our way to reaching our target of £7,000 (and we have another 24hr Cycling Relay event to go).
Action Medical Research is a charity dedicated to improving the health of babies and children. If you are interested in supporting the team help raise money for this great cause then this please click here to access our sponsorship page.
Below is the full list of the Avis team and some pictures from the day:
Claire Lambert, Lisa Benton, Anne-Marie Early, Mark Kightley, Jorge Da Rocha, Claire Alvey, Jasvir Labana, Ronan Moriarty
Steve Liberda, Michael Hennessey, Andrea Tallis, Rebecca Chivers, Josie Ryan, Penny Fox, Mark Cunningham
Jack Macaree, Chris Keogh, George Downing, Rob White, Sharon Lee, Josi Kytle
Paul Miller, Dawn Killington, Delia Nicholson, Gary-Gaughan-Smith, Jo Humphreys